Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Rosemary Turpin

March 6, 1924 - January 24, 2018
Holland, MI



Saturday, April 7, 2018
11:00 AM EDT
Grace Episcopal Church
555 Michigan Ave
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 396-7459
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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Special Olympics Michigan
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
1 (800) 380-3071
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Michigan Humane Society
30300 Telegraph Road Suite 220
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
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Life Story / Obituary


Rosemary Turpin passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, Michigan on April 7, at 11:00 am to be followed by a luncheon. Born March 6, 1924, she lived in Michigan all of her 93 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Turpin, sisters Joan Compton, Hazel Murphy, and brothers Lawrence and Claude Miller. Rosemary is survived by her daughters Linda Compton (Rich), Laura Canaan (Mike), Lois Arnold (Dave), and Loel Turpin. She and Bill were blessed with 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Rosemary attended Stenograph school and worked as a freelance court reporter in Holland for 30 years. Prior to becoming a court reporter, she had worked as a security guard in the Hudson’s store downtown Detroit. She met the love of her life, William Turpin, in Detroit at a Tip Toppers (club for tall people) meeting in Detroit. They were married in 1950. Rosemary was a member of Holland Newcomers Club and a 60-year member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Rosemary and Bill joined the Episcopal Church in Holland and were active in the Church for many years. Rosemary was in the Alter Guild and was a front desk receptionist at Evergreen Commons Senior Center. They loved to camp, fish, hunt deer and travel, and visited many countries on cruises and tours, including going through the Panama Canal several times, visiting China, Russia, Europe, Canada, Alaska, Australia, and Hawaii.

Memorial contributions can be made to Special Olympics Michigan at Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 or the Michigan Humane Society 30300 Telegraph Road Suite 220 Bingham Farms, MI 48025. To sign an online registry, visit

Arrangements were made by the Dykstra Funeral Home - Mulder Chapel.